Autistic Rational Demand Avoidance

Is the PDA Autism profile helpful, or does it further pathologize Autistics? PDA vs RDA PDA stands for Pathological Demand Avoidance, whereas RDA stands for Rational Demand Avoidance. I’ll explain what each means and why one approach may be more beneficial and accurate than the other. The two key features of PDA are: This extreme avoidance extendsContinue reading “Autistic Rational Demand Avoidance”

Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility

Helping our children see shades of grey and improve cognitive adaptability When our kids jump to conclusions, or are engaging in rigid thinking, it’s our natural instinct to try and explain away what we perceive as inaccurate reasoning. We often try to logic people out of their feelings, and I have certainly been guilty ofContinue reading “Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility”

More People Are Learning The Truth About ABA

Popular media has begun picking up on both the science and the sentiment In May, an opinion article was published in Fortune Magazine discussing the controversy surrounding ABA. Written by a lawyer named Ariana Cernius, the article outlines some of the problematic history associated with ABA, and highlights legal issues with the ABA industry. JustContinue reading “More People Are Learning The Truth About ABA”

Autism “Levels” Are Still Functioning Labels

Both are inaccurate and useless at best, harmful at worst External and internalized ableism The Autistic community has explained (and explained some more) how and why functioning labels are unhelpful, inaccurate, and often harmful. Many just ignore us, but those who do listen seem to understand the words, but not the concept. Instead of using labelsContinue reading “Autism “Levels” Are Still Functioning Labels”

Atypical Autistic Traits

Challenging stereotypes and describing some lesser-known Autistic traits A lot of non-conforming and marginalized people are misdiagnosed in healthcare, (including mental health) and psychological diagnoses. This includes female-presenting people (including cis-women), transgender folks-basically anyone in the LGBTQIA2+ community — people of colour, people impacted by poverty, and many others. Identifying someone as Autistic can be difficult, especially ifContinue reading “Atypical Autistic Traits”

Atypical Autistic Traits

Challenging stereotypes and describing some lesser-known Autistic traits A lot of non-conforming and marginalized people are misdiagnosed in healthcare, (including mental health) and psychological diagnoses. This includes female-presenting people (including cis-women), transgender folks-basically anyone in the LGBTQIA2+ community — people of colour, people impacted by poverty, immigrants, and many others. Identifying someone as Autistic can be difficult, especiallyContinue reading “Atypical Autistic Traits”

Autism FAQs

Answering the most common questions I receive about Autism Is Autism a Disability? Yes and no. It depends. Okay, yes — but not in the way you’d think. Some people consider their neurotype a disability in itself because their own Autistic traits cause them distress — for example, sensory issues related to one’s own body. Many consider autism a disabilityContinue reading “Autism FAQs”

Naziism (Still) Influences Modern Psychology

How the diagnosis of “Asperger’s” is related to Naziism I’ve been reading quite an eclectic mix of books lately and have a few different concepts floating around in my mind. They intertwine and yet in some ways, they are opposing ideas. Firstly, there continues a modern debate over parenting styles. In their more extreme iterations, authoritarianContinue reading “Naziism (Still) Influences Modern Psychology”

This Is Why We Need More Autistic Researchers

Also functioning labels are ableist and harmful Academia needs to be more accommodating and welcoming to neurodivergent contributors so we stop getting handed crap like this. In (one of) today’s annoyances, ableist organizations are, once again, mischaracterizing scientific research in order to serve their own agendas. Last week, child neurologist Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou from the UniversityContinue reading “This Is Why We Need More Autistic Researchers”

The Judge Rotenberg Centre Tortures Autistic & Disabled People

Trigger warning These articles discuss the use of electric shock on human beings. No graphic details are described, however the content may be upsetting for some — In fact, it should be upsetting for everyone. The Lines Between Behaviour Therapy, Abuse, And Torture Are Very Thin And Very Blurry Stress And Anxiety Impede Learning SeemsContinue reading “The Judge Rotenberg Centre Tortures Autistic & Disabled People”